NUSHIP Supply Commences Sea Trials

Royal Australian Navy (RAN)’s newest replenishment vessel, NUSHIP Supply, has commenced her sea trials in Ferrol, Spain, shipbuilder Navantia announced.

The ship will set sail for Australia later this month and she will undergo her final fitout in Western Australia. The delivery to the Navy is expected in December 2020.

The future HMAS Supply (A195) – now NUSHIP Supply – is the lead ship of two Supply Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ships currently being built for the Royal Australian Navy by Spanish shipbuilder, Navantia.

The construction of NUSHIP Supply was started on June 19, 2017 and the keel laying ceremony was conducted at Navantia’s shipyard in Ferrol on Nov. 17 the same year. The vessel was launched on November 24, 2018.

RAN Supply Class AOR

The two Supply Class AOR vessels, which are based on Spanish Navy replenishment oiler, Cantabria (A15), were ordered in May 9, 2017 as part of the Royal Australian Navy’s Project SEA1654.  The contract between Navantia and the Commonwealth of Australia also includes life cycle support for the two vessels for a period of 5 years.

The ships, which are adapted to Australian standards and requirements, will replace the current RAN replenishment ships, HMAS Success (OR 304) and HMAS Sirius (O 266)

The ships are intended to carry fuel, dry cargo, water, food, ammunition, equipment and spare parts to provide operational support for the deployed naval or combat forces operating far from the port on the high seas for longer periods.

In addition to replenishment, the vessels can be used to combat against environmental pollution at sea, provide logistics support for the armed forces, and to support humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR) operations following a natural disaster.

The future HMAS Supply (A195) – now NUSHIP Supply –, the lead ship of two Supply Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ships currently being built for the Royal Australian Navy by Spanish shipbuilder, Navantia, preparing for sea trials. Photo Credit: Navantia.

The Navy had named of its future support ships as HMAS Supply and HMAS Stalwart as was announced by the country’s Minister for Defence, Marise Payne last year.

Supply will be the second vessel in the Royal Australian Navy to bear the name that has its origins with the armed tender ship that accompanied the First Fleet to Australia. Stalwart is being named after two previous Australian Navy vessels, one a destroyer that served between 1920 and 1925 and the second destroyer tender served from 1968 to 1990.

Supply-class AOR Characteristics:

Type : Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR)
Roles : Fleet oiler, Ammunition supply, Logistical support, Humanitarian and disaster relief
Builder : Navantia
Displacement : 19,500 tonnes, 9,800 tonnes (full load deadweight)
Length : 173.9 metres
Beam : 23 metres
Draught : 8 metres
Propulsion : 2 x MAN 18V 32/40 main engines, 4 x MAN 7L21/31 generator sets
Speed : 20 knots (maximum)
Range : 6,000nm at 13 knots
Capacities : 1,450 cubic metres of JP5 jet fuel, 8,200 cubic metres of marine diesel fuel, 1,400 cubic metres of fresh water, 270 tonnes of ammunition and 470 tonnes of provisions
Aircraft : 1 helicopter
Company : Accommodation for up to 122 personnel including crew

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